State Department official: Investigators say airport, U.S. air base were primary targets

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A senior State Department official says German investigators have determined that the Frankfurt International Airport and the nearby U.S. Ramstein Air Base were the primary targets of a plot by three suspected Islamic terrorists.

German prosecutors say the suspects were from an al-Qaida-influenced group and were plotting massive bomb attacks on U.S. facilities in Germany.

The State Department official says those arrested may have also been planning strikes on other sites, particularly facilities associated with the United States.

The official says the threat had been a major reason the U.S. Embassy in Berlin had boosted security and issued two warnings in April and May about possible impending terrorist attacks.

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